With us this time is another returning guest, Linda. A few months ago, Linda joined one of our Wilderness Navigation courses. This time she wanted something different requesting a companion for safety to the 4025-foot Owl’s Head. We put Redline Guide Bill Robichaud on this mission. On September 12th, they made their successful attempt in just under nine hours helping Linda bag her 27th 4000-footer. Way to go… keep at it!
Well done, both of you. Having seen some of Linda’s photos already and having debriefed Bill after their hike, it seems they had a terrific day. Or in Bill’s words and photos, and using some of Linda’s photos, too (like the one, inset), here’s a recap of their day.
The weather yesterday [9/12] was perfect, and thanks to Redline Guiding, I got to head out deep into the Pemi and tag Owl’s Head for Linda’s 27th 4000-footer! Crossings were all manageable, the mud was too, and the slide was its usual steep and rough self, but the rest was a pleasant (if a bit long) walk alongside streams in the woods. Saw several folks out, two completing their lists on Owl’s Head, but was a pretty quiet day overall. Even saw a runner on Lincoln Woods, who ended up setting a new Pemi Loop FKT (fastest known time) of 6:06! Glad to have gotten you out and up there Linda, thanks for a great day! —Bill Robichaud
They begin, as per the norm for most hikers, by crossing the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River then heading east on Lincoln Woods Trail. They noted the seasons are changing. While we love winter, every season, really, there’s no need to rush any of it. Life is too short to wish it away.
The three unabridged crossings, one over Franconia Brook, then two over Lincoln Brook, were all uneventful due to low water levels at this time. This, plus dry weather, made none of the bushwhacks necessary so they stayed on trail. This made for a long but efficient walk in, enjoying the mild weather, the changing leaves, and nature in general. Before long they encountered Owl’s Head Path and the route up the steep, loose Owl’s Head Slide.
Congratulations Linda. Good job, Bill.